Explore the most popular cave trails near Salem with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
28 days ago

The loop trail and out and back trail to the cave total 5.3 miles. The loop trail mostly goes through forest but there are a couple of glades and some nice bluff views of the valley around the Current River.

Cave Spring is the highlight of the trail. Toward the bottom of the trail leading to the cave there are about 100 yards of stinging nettles that you will have to wade through before coming to the cave. You can then walk on a path back into the cave a little ways or stand in the Current River and enjoy the view of the cave and watch Northern Rough-winged Swallows flying about. The trail back to the trailhead follows for quite a ways what looks like an old logging road.

hiking
29 days ago

Short trail to stairs that lead down to an overlook where you can just see the surface of the largest underground natural lake in Missouri. The temperature drops at least ten degrees as you descend the stairs. A light activated by motion illuminates the lake surface.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy walk from the parking lot to some old rock steps leading to the cave entrance. The cave was closed when we were there but you can still stand in the mouth of the cave.

hiking
3 months ago

Quick, educational hike on a well maintained trail.

Short trail. Beautiful spring. Make sure you walk up the path. Noticed that people thought the spring was just the lower level. The spring itself is up higher.

Really cool place. Definitely check out the cavern while you're there too.

hiking
4 months ago

So amazing. There are stairs so be prepared. There used to be a neat barn on the way, but vandals burned it down.

Similar to what others said: gorgeous, yet lacking in signage and maintenance. As few hikers attempt it between May and September, however the low ranger staff can’t justify maintaining the path until September. I loved watching river otters cross the Current, as well as having my legs cleaned by minnows while wading.

nature trips
7 months ago

We found this place by chance a few years back. It was beautiful but had an eeriness to the location.

It's definitely a beautiful hike. Some notes I would like to put out....1. No signal at all so make sure you stay on the trail and don't get lost 2. If you are doing it in September, wear a hat because the spiderwebs are EVERYWHERE #raidersofthelostark 3. There is a dry river bed that has the potential to flood after crazy weather so plan accordingly 4. Wear bug spray, there are allot of horse flies when you sweat. Other than that... great views and pretty trail

hiking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

we hiked 6.26 miles... it was a great trail to hike..Not many people, had some great views on the cliff lookout, and the Spring Cave was pretty Cool..

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

If your in the area, this is a must do! Take a flashlight to look down into the well.

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

Really neat old cabin, just a few minutes walk off of the river. Beautiful Spring!

hiking
Saturday, February 04, 2017

No option for caving.
Very cool cave. Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Awesome view of the spring.
Well worth the short hike.

camping
Saturday, February 04, 2017

A lot of people float to here.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hiked this on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Several cars at trailhead and saw others on trail. Lots of drunk, rowdy people at the cave spring so we didn't stay long there. Saw one copperhead sunning itself on the trial, but uneventful otherwise. Not very scenic, but a decent workout as we kept the pace a little under 20" miles and we finished a little under two hours. Almost entirely wooded/shaded. Gravely terrain made me glad I wore my Keen boots.

hiking
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

This trail was one of my favorites in MO! The cave was wonderful and trail was clean and picked up. Such a variety of nature if you do the entire loop! Moderate describes the difficulty perfect.

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Pretty cool hike. Watch out for the Stinging Nettle once you get down close to the river.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Really neat!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The spring is pretty! The cave tour is the best part though!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The spring is totally worth it.

hiking
Thursday, March 03, 2016

Nice cabin, spring generally accessible when canoeing the Current River. Spring and cabin is a must stop when doing this stretch of the river. Nice lunch break area. Generally cool and shady.

hiking
Monday, January 25, 2016

Winter hike! The trail head was a bit tricky to find. Trail was muddy and a bit messy due to the flooding, but still clear cut. There is a great stone beach on the river. Extremely peaceful. Was somewhat strenuous when going up due to the mossy rocks. The info panels were nice to read about, but the mention of leaves are more useful in the summer.

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

Completed this hike today. The cave is awesome. Would be a great place to hike in and camp down by the cave.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

My wife and I found this place quite a few years ago just driving around. It is a very neat place to see. You will need to bring a flashlight for sure if you want to see down into the cavern.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Great hike and layout. The switchbacks are perfect making an easy hike with good elevation change. True Ozarks trail.

hiking
Saturday, May 09, 2015

Gorgeous spring, great campgrounds. Do in the summer and take the cave tour.

hiking
Saturday, May 09, 2015

The trail is very well laid out. The descent to the cave on the river and back out is very easy because of the switchbacks. Take the time and do the loop,not just out and back. You will be rewarded with a pleasant walk. I discovered the biggest redbud tree I ever saw. It had to be 5' accross.

hiking
Saturday, May 09, 2015

The walk is short, the stair case may be challenging for some. Take a flash light. Their is a light switch at the bottom to show the lake but sometimes it is burned out. Not remarkable, but fun. This is also the trailhead to the Cave Spring loop trail leading to a cave you can canoe back into. This cave is also were the underground lake exits into the Current River.

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